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What We're Reading Now: 'Broken Monsters' by Lauren Beukes

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The first paragraph of Broken Monsters is the description of a murder scene — a very unusual murder scene. A young boy has been chopped in half, his lower body is missing but his torso is fused to a deer body…

It’s not like I didn’t know I was getting into a crime/horror novel; Leah told me as much when I grabbed it off her desk. But still, kicking off the hunt for a serial killer with such a graphic image on page one, line one was … a lot. Also, the first chapter is called “Bambi,” and that alone gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Lauren Beukes, who previously authored The Shining Girls, crafts her villain brilliantly. She doesn’t make him a tortured genius, but rather a maladjusted, deplorable man — a broken monster. The creativity of his violence knows no bounds and is presented without frills. Beukes balances the extremity of his actions and the utopia in his mind with simple, elegant prose. The imagery and emotions don’t get lost.

The subplots are just as interesting: There’s the detective, the killer, the detective’s daughter, the journalist looking for a big break. The father trying to care for his homeless family. They all have issues (this is an understatement) and as each story overlaps with the others, you become increasingly aware of how poorly it will end for everyone. The anticipation and dread Beukes crafts is remarkable.

Also remarkable is Beukes ability to blend genres, seamlessly incorporating horror, fantasy and traditional crime in ways that highlight the best parts of each (suspense, creativity, a methodical outline). It feels new — unprecedented, in a way.

There is most certainly a moral to her story. She provides rich, layered commentary on the desolation of dreams with her decaying Detroit setting.  It’s about the pressure of mass desire. About how to reassemble broken pieces. About the darkest side of humanity.

If any of the above sounds like maybe you don’t have the stomach for this sort of thing, you probably don’t. I can’t say I enjoyed the book, despite being incredibly impressed with all its machinations. If, however, the grotesque and a perpetual sense of doom sound oddly appealing — you have most likely just found the perfect book for you!

 

 

Read an excerpt from 'WYTCHES,' a new series by 'Batman' writer Scott Snyder

This October, Scott Snyder—the New York Times bestselling author of American Vampire—returns to Image Comics to reinvent another classic horror figure: witches.

After an acclaimed run on several DC Comics titles, including Batman, Detective Comics, Superman Unchained, Swamp Thing, and Vertigo titles American Vampire and The Wake, Snyder wanted to shake things up a bit. So he brought his new supernatural comic, WYTCHES, to Image Comics, where he had published the creator-owned Severed a few years prior. After working with artist Jock (The Losers, Green Arrow: Year One) on the Batman story “The Black Mirror,” Snyder knew he had the perfect collaborator for this new horror series. The artist’s distinct style—a mix of solid storytelling and terrifyingly scratchy visuals—will no doubt scare readers silly. READ FULL STORY

New 'Walking Dead' book series coming from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga -- EXCLUSIVE

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After collaborating on four novels already, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga are teaming up again for another four book Walking Dead series, the first of which is titled Descent and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press on Oct. 14. And we’ve got the exclusive first look at the cover for you right here. (Zombies in a tunnel are always a scary sight…unless Maggie Greene is around, I suppose.) READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Exclusive audio from the new book -- NSFW

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The fourth and final installment in Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga’s Governor-related Walking Dead book series will be available next Tuesday when The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part Two is released in both print and audiobook formats. The novel will feature the final face-off between Rick Grimes and Philip Blake, and you can get your first taste right here and right now with a clip from the Macmillian audiobook version read by Fred Berman.

But be warned! This clip not only features massive zombie and human carnage — as evidenced by lines like “ragged bodies collapsing in a synchronized line dance of death” — but also some major NSFW language. Like, we’re talking multiple uses of multiple curse words. So grab some headphones and prepare yourself for a harrowing alley encounter between the living and the undead that may or may not end with a bit of nostril stabbing. And for more Walking Dead scoop, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

See an excerpt from an excellent graphic novel version of 'Frankenstein'

If you want some Halloween scares, you might as well get them from a classic. Gris Grimly’s faithful yet original graphic novel update of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein contains Shelley’s original prose — wholly untouched — and Grimly’s signature haunting artwork, which has won praise from the likes of Guillermo del Toro. See below for a taste from the book: READ FULL STORY

See 7 Halloween-themed 'Awkward Family Holiday Photos'

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Awkward family portraits can be scarier than chainsaw-wielding killers and tainted candy — especially if your family goes all out for Halloween. From Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, the masterminds behind Awkward Family Photos, comes a holiday edition that will keep you laughing and cringing for the rest of the year. Check out a few ghoulish selections here!

'Vampire Diaries' Candice Accola to narrate Kami Garcia's 'Unbreakable' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Kami Garcia, best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series, takes on ghosts in her new paranormal thriller, Unbreakable (out Oct. 1). So who better to narrate the audiobook of Unbreakable than someone very familiar with all things paranormal? Candice Accola, who plays Caroline on The Vampire Diaries, has been tapped to read Garcia’s newest novel. “I can’t begin to describe how exited I am to have Candice Accola reading the audiobook version of Unbreakable, the first book in my new series, the Legion,” Garcia said. “I’m a huge Vampire Diaries fan, and Caroline is by far my favorite character because of Accola’s ability to show vulnerability without ever compromising strength or independence.” Check out this exclusive clip of Accola reading Unbreakable after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

Cover art released for Penguin Horror series curated by Guillermo del Toro -- EXCLUSIVE

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Filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro has produced a new scary series — of books. The mind behind Pan’s LabyrinthHellboy and this year’s Pacific Rim partnered with Penguin Classics to curate the Penguin Horror hardcover series, featuring his favorite horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal stories.

“To learn what we fear is to learn who we are,” del Toro wrote in his series introduction, an essay titled “Haunted Castles, Dark Mirrors: On the Penguin Horror Series.”

EW obtained the exclusive cover art for each of the six books. Designed and illustrated by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the neon ink covers highlight significant imagery from each.

The series includes: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell (a Penguin Classics debut), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and American Supernatural Tales with stories by Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and more.

Scroll down to see more cover art: READ FULL STORY

See the chilling trailer for 'Night Film' by Marisha Pessl -- EXCLUSIVE

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Usually when we call book trailers “cinematic,” we’re being generous. But the trailer for Marisha Pessl‘s upcoming genre-bending thriller Night Film (Aug. 20) really may be the slickest book trailer we’ve seen in a while.

And the novel, if you can even call it that (I prefer “multimedia experience”), warrants the big-budget ramp-up. It begins when the daughter of a reclusive horror film director Stanislav Cordova is found dead, and fallen journalist Scott McGrath falls into the maddening wormhole of trying to uncover the truth behind the girl’s murder. Night Film gets darker and more twisted the deeper McGrath ventures into Cordova’s world—the man hasn’t been seen in public in 30 years, and his films are so horrifying that it’s believed the person who created them must be seriously disturbed as well. Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, includes artifacts and case evidence, like authentic-looking screenshots, police documents, and transcripts, into the maze-like narrative, and in a meta twist, the promotion for Night Film assumes Cordova’s world is real. The trailer below, produced by ApKMedia, is just the first taste.

British horror author James Herbert dies at 69

He was a “Grand Master” of horror and rats were one of his specialties.

British horror writer James Herbert, whose best-selling spine-tinglers included “The Rats” and “The Fog,” has died at age 69.

Herbert’s publisher, Pan Macmillan, said he died Wednesday at his home in Sussex, southern England. It did not disclose the cause.

The London-born Herbert studied graphic design, print and photography before finding work at an advertising agency.

His first novel, “The Rats” — which depicted London being overrun by mutant flesh-eating rodents — took 10 months to complete and was published in 1974. It sold 100,000 copies in three weeks and was later turned into a film.

He went on to write 23 novels, selling 54 million copies around the world.

Most recent bestsellers included “Nobody True” and “The Secret of Crickley Hall,” which was turned into a three-part series for BBC television that aired in December.

Jeremy Trevathan, Herbert’s editor for ten years at Macmillan, said Herbert had the “rare distinction” of seeing his novels deemed classics of the horror genre within his lifetime.

“It’s a true testament to his writing and his enduring creativity that his books continued to be huge bestsellers right up until his death,” Trevathan said in a statement. “His death marks the passing of one of the giants of popular fiction in the 20th century.”

Herbert was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 — the same year he was named “Grand Master of Horror” by the World of Horror Convention.

He is survived by his wife Eileen and three daughters.

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